Hope your summer was eventful! I believe it was on January 2nd that I kidded, “Better start your Christmas shopping…it’ll be here before you know it.” Well…
The older I get, the ol’ joke, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper…the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes” begins to cease being as funny, haha.
Early in my career, I realized I wasn’t just in the business of selling homes, I was in the business of aiding with transitions. Beyond the investment value of homeownership, folks buy and sell homes largely because of transitions in their lives: first marriage, growing family, job relocation, empty nesters downsizing, financial hardship, divorce, death. When we get called in to meet with sellers and buyers, the motivating factors run from exultation to mourning. The stories are almost always what I remember most about each transaction.
At this stage, I can relate to and empathize with practically any story.
One recent sale was of a home that had been in the same family for several generations. The trustee recounted numerous occasions in which the house was bursting with family members and friends, and that it had always been a very happy home. In fact, she couldn’t remember ever hearing one argument in the house. Selling it, the idea of letting go of this house after the deaths of her parents, was an emotional hurdle that took her some time to face.
Some years ago, after the “dot-com crash”, a young woman who’d bought her first home through me with a loan based on her stock options, was forced to sell just after she’d finished remodeling it to her taste, because the company’s founder absconded with the company’s funds, leaving employees without jobs, debtors angry and the company’s doors shuttered. Sitting with a sobbing client as she signed the closing docs from the sale of her beloved home was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
It didn’t matter that both sales were successful, in that money was made not lost. If circumstances were different, neither would have sold; transitions led to the need to let go, but for different reasons.
On the flip side, we’ve watched young couples settle into their first new homes, have babies, and happily sell as they transitioned to larger second homes. (And I’ve been lucky enough to have some of those babies grow up and buy their first home with me.) We celebrated with empty nesters as they gleefully sold their large, maintenance-heavy home and bought a bay view condo right near the Giants ballpark.
All the joy and sadness we experience in life are forever tied to where we happened to be living at the time they occurred. When it’s time to make a transition, we’ll be here for you. Till then, may your home bring you an overabundance of good memories.
See you next month,
Derek & Natalie and Geneva
by Patrick Carlisle, Market Analyst for Compass Bay Area
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